Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Wish Lists #16

Happy Wednesday, folks! I know I've gotten very behind in my wishlists lately. Since I'm a couple weeks away from being 100% done with my undergrad and I'm under 2 months away from moving into my first dorm and starting my 4 month post-grad, I've begun to start looking for things I need to get for my dorm and only when I dare to dream have I allowed myself to list things I want to get, since money is rather tight. I can't seem to stop brainstorming about ways I want to decorate my dorm room though XD Here are a few things that managed to slip into my Wishlist Radar.
#1: Leaf Pocket Utility Belt from TalismanaDesigns on Etsy! I included a similar leaf Steampunk utility belt in another Wednesday Wish List, but I happened to come across this one on Etsy that is made of cloth as opposed to leather, making it more affordable. I'd love to make it my own for my Steampunk costume, assuming I can afford it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

House Granger Prefects - Geeks Run The World

How's it going, my fellow geeks and iggles? For the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be doing something a little different with my Geeks Run The World posts. Not only will I be featuring two iggles at a time, but these two iggles will be the newly chosen House Prefects for all 4 houses! I myself am one of the prefects for House Quinn, and out of fairness I will be featuring myself and my co-prefect KCK last. To kick things off, we have the prefects leading House Granger, Leah & Rae!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Life Is Strange - From The Gaming Enthusiast

Been a while since I wrote about a video game! Lately I've been very into episodic video games, such as the ones published by Telltale Games. Since the success of their Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Game of Thrones series, other companies have hopped on the bandwagon of creating episodic games, and one of these new releases is both amazing to play and gorgeous to look at. Not only that . . . but one of the main characters is voiced by ASHLY BURCH! Ladies and gentleman, this is Life Is Strange.
Have you ever been playing a Telltale game where you accidentally hit the wrong button that causes your character to curse and, in turn, they get punched in the face, and you have to go back to the menu in order to try again? I certainly have! This new game brought to you by Square Enix and Don't Nod Entertainment debunks that inconvenience with the main character discovering that she has the ability to rewind moments in time.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Princess Diaries Series - A Little Light Reading

The first year I started working at the bookstore, one of my co-workers, whom I still work with today, introduced me to a term that, while unpleasant, I'm still grateful to have learned: this term is disposable fiction. He used this term to describe books that might not possess any real weight to them - both physically and in terms of their content - but that people still picked up in order to have a quick, enjoyable read. Books you might buy when you go on vacation, the novels you read in-between more substantial works, and the majority (if not all) of the teen section, according to him, constituted as disposable fiction.

To be frank, I hate this term. When I learned it I began thinking this way about a large number of books in the store, the ones I helped customers ring up at the cash register. And this way of thinking is so, so wrong! People should never be ashamed of the books they read. If you're somebody that enjoys reading exclusively Young Adult fiction or biographies on scientists or even Harry Potter fan fiction, that is your prerogative, and there's nothing wrong with that. Reading what you like isn't somehow de-valued because you're not reading Austen or Tolstoy or both parts of Under The Dome by Stephen King. Read what you love, read what makes you happy. That's why I decided to start this blog series chatting about books I love to read. They might not be the types of books I'm studying as part of my English degree, but they're books that I enjoy reading, and for that purpose I'll be sharing them with you. At some point I might start up another reading challenge like the YA Bingo I did in 2014, but for now I'm just going to casually chat about the books I read in my spare time.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Into Reading Link-Up

Excited for spring yet? Myself and ShelbyFromTheTwp certainly are!

That's why the two of us decided to come up with this link-up post that is a combination of Springtime excitement and a Reading/Book tag.

All you have to do is answer the questions below that we came up with - and feel free to include the image above and any of your own photos in your blog post - and then post a link to your blog post in the comments below. Shelby and I will be sharing the posts of people that participate in this over social media, specifically Twitter. Feel free to use #SpringIntoReading when sharing this post over your own social media outlets.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meet Mia Moore / xoMia!

Finally got around to creating a #GeeksRunTheWorld graphic! 'bout time, right? XD
Time for all of you to meet another amazing geek girl & iggle, Mia Moore, aka xoMia!
Mia was nominated by myself - Mia is one of the people I look up to the most since becoming an iggle and joining the overall online geek community. I love her blog, I admire her for being able to speak up about her experiences with anxiety, and she inspires me by the work she's done on her own blog and on Superheroesque with Liz Locksley which promotes positivity, self-love, creativity and being true to yourself and your passions.
Without further ado, it's time to meet Mia!
TWW(s): As of this moment, what are your Top 5 Geek Loves?
Mia: I'm super into comics, especially Image titles like Sex Criminals and Rat Queens, Game of Thrones, blogging, magical girl anime, and, of course, cosplay!

TWW(s): If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be? Why those words?
Mia: Hmm, that's a tough one! I'd probably pick: ambitions, contagiously enthusiastic, passionate, and cheesy. I'm a really driven person - I always have a lot of projects going on, and I try to do my best with everything I do. I've been told that I have a really positive personality that is almost infectious. And I chose "cheesy" because I have the cheesiest sense of humor! Lots of groan-inducing puns.

TWW(s): What is the #1 thing in your life that you are the most excited about right now? Something that you're just dying to fangirl/gush about?
Mia: I'm in the process of reading The Heritage of Shannara series right now - my boyfriend loved it when he was younger and gave it to me as a gift so I could experience it, too. It's super old, so nobody's currently reading it (that I know of), but I desperately want to talk about it to someone!
TWW(s): Describe a typical day in your life. Where do you go? What do you do?
Mia: Right now, my main commitments are finishing up the final semester of my digital media MBA program and working. In a typical day, I'll go to classes, work from home, take conference calls and virtual meetings, and do homework. In my spare time, I watch Netflix or Hulu, work on my blog, and read. Not too terribly exciting, I know! On the weekends, I love to go to brunch, explore farmer's markets, and sometimes, even work on cosplay. ;)

TWW(s): Do you have a favorite memory or two from the conventions you've attended? Tell us about them!
Mia: It's difficult to narrow it down since I've had so many great times! One of my favorite memories last year was meeting Pedro Pascal at a Game of Thrones event [at SDCC]/ We weren't told there would be a special guest of any kind, so it was a huge surprise and he was so nice!
TWW(s): Tell us about your very first cosplay and where you gain inspiration from nowadays as an avid cosplayer?
Mia: My very first cosplay was in 2007 and I went as Piyoke from the Di Gi Charat spin-off series Leave it to Piyoko! I purchased the costume online, and even though I submitted my own measurements, it was fit terribly. (I think it can be hard to tailor costumes via email!) I got my mom to style my hair like Piyoko because I was anti-wigs. Even though it wasn't the best costume and I hit a million road blocks, it was so much fun and really got me interested in cosplay! I didn't do another cosplay until years later, though.
Nowadays I find inspiration everywhere. I'm equally inspired by character themselves - I love to cosplay characters that I relate to or that I want to emulate in some way - and the costume design. Game of Thrones is costuming eye candy!

TWW(s): If you could travel anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why? A foreign country, the world of your favorite novel, sky's the limit!
Mia: There are so many place I'd love to travel, but I think if I had the option, I'd love to be a mermaid for a few days and explore underseas.

TWW(s): When did you first start your blog? What were some of your goals with your blog back then? What are some of the goals you are pursuing now?
Mia: I began my blog in mid-2012. I wanted to learn more about digital marketing by running my own blog and social media. Originally, I envisioned my site as a fashion blog, but it's evolved so much since then! Now, some of my goals are to build more resources for the geek girl community and extend my site to encompass other media. I'm also working on an e-book based off my Cosplay 101 series, which I hope to launch by the end of the year!
TWW(s): What other sorts of projects do you have on the go right now?
Mia: Yes! My other website, Superheroesque, is currently on hiatus, but we are planning on bringing it back soon with all kinds of new content. I am working with Geek Girl Brunch to launch the chapter in May. I'm also working on launching two podcasts with my bff, Liz Locksley, and adding more to my YouTube channel!

TWW(s): When did you first become an iggle and how did you originally hear about the IGGPPC?
Mia: I joined in one of the very first rounds of the IGGPPC and I heard about it via my bff Liz Locksley.

TWW(s): Tell us about any pen pals you've met through the IGGPPC!

Mia: I've done a few rounds of the IGGPPC, and they've been hit or miss. Some pen pals haven't replied, but the ones who have have been incredible! It's so wonderful to have snail mail to look forward to, cute packages to decorate, and my friends across the globe.
TWW(s): When did you start self-identifying as a geek?

Mia: I started self-identifying as a geek in college, even though I've been a nerd for pretty much my whole life. I used to think I wasn't geeky enough to call myself a geek, but now I realize that really doesn't matter.

TWW(s): Look at the iggle Manifesto and tell us your favorite line from it, or the line you'd like to most apply to yourself, and why.

Mia: It's a tie between "I will be my best self, daily" and "I will make real connections with my fellow iggles." It's so important to remember to be nice in the geek community - there are too many gatekeepers out there already! - and what truly makes it special is all the people involved.
Want to get to know Mia? Find her here:
Give her a shout & let her know how amazing she is!